BP’s Rumpza tops his old teammates

Published 2:01 pm Saturday, May 12, 2012

Lyle-Pacelli's Daniel Bollingberg attempts a tag on Blooming Prairie's Luke Hueman in BP Saturday. -- Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

BLOOMING PRAIRIE — It was an Austin All-Stars reunion in Blooming Prairie Saturday and the one former All-Star not playing for Lyle-Pacelli enjoyed it the most as John Rumpza led the Awesome Blossoms to a 4-1 win Saturday.

Blooming Prairie's John Rumpza fires a pitch against Lyle-Pacelli in BP Saturday. -- Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

It was just a couple of years ago that Rumpza, a freshman, was teammates with about half of LP’s lineup, while playing summer youth baseball in Austin. Rumpza had played with Jonah Rohne, Josiah Rohne, Jordan Hart and Daniel Bollingberg in the past, but on Saturday he was playing against them for the first time in his career.

“It’s fun (to go against them) when you win,” Rumpza said. “But it’s really no different, you just can’t look them in the eye. It’s a friendly competition, we’re not really looking for blood or anything.”

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Rumpza struck out five and allowed just two hits as LP’s only threat came in the top of the seventh when Hart walked and scored on a two-out single by Sean Shapiro. Kevin Juenger walked to put the tying run at the plate for LP, but Jake Nelson grounded out to end the game.

“A lot of these kids know (Rumpza) and I think they were a little anxious,” Lyle-Pacelli head coach Brock Nelson said. “You’ve got to make him work and we were swinging at too many bad pitches early in the counts.”

Jonah Rohne said it was hard to get a track on Rumpza’s pitches.

“He was changing speeds a lot and throwing curves. His location was always different,” he said.

BP (4-11 overall) got on the board in the second inning when Dylan Srsen singled in a run and the Blossoms went up 2-0 when Luke Hueman scored on an LP throwing error in the fifth inning.

Lyle-Pacelli's Drew Chapek lifts a line drive against Blooming Prairie in BP Saturday. -- Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

BP put it away in the sixth when Jon Kraling doubled in a run.

The win was the second straight victory for BP and Blossoms head coach Paul Peterson said his team is starting to come around.“The biggest thing (today) is there were only two innings where their leadoff hitter got on. That first out is so crucial,” he said. “John pitched well and Ryan McCabe is tough behind the plate. It’s good to have a senior catcher who takes charge.”

LP (8-6 overall) has a big week coming up as it has a chance to win the SEC title. The Athletics will play a doubleheader at Schaeffer Academy Monday and they’ll play another doubleheader at Houston Thursday.

“Next week we’ve have four conference games for the conference,” Nelson said. “We’ve got to at least get a split on Monday to have a chance and we’ve got to come to play.”

LP 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 — 1 2 2

BP 0 1 0 0 1 2 X — 4 6 1

BP pitching: John Rumpza (W), 7 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 ER, 5 K

BP hitting: Luke Hueman, 0-for-2, R, SB, BB; Ryan McCabe, 1-for-2, HBP; Isaiah Toquam, 0-for-3; Rumpza, 2-for-3, R, SB; Weston Fiebiger, 1-for-3, R; Jon Kraling, 1-for-2, double, RBI, R, SB; Tyler Anderson, 0-for-3; Dylan Srsen, 1-for-3, RBI; Ryan Doerhoefer, 0-for-3

LP pitching: Jonah Rohne (L), 6 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 ER, 3 K, HBP

LP hitting: Rohne, 0-for-3; Daniel Bollingberg, 0-for-3, SB; Jordan Hart, 0-for-2, R, BB; Ryan McConnell, 0-for-3; Josiah Rohne, 1-for-3; Sean Shapiro, 1-for-3, RBI; Kevin Juenger, 0-for-2, BB; Jake Nelson, 0-for-2, BB; Drew Chapek, 0-for-2